I’m currently in Boise, Idaho working with fitness model Jamie Eason and the crew at Bodybuilding.com. We’re photographing and videotaping a number of new additions that will feature Jamie on the popular web site. While working away, Jamie busted out a brown little bar that looked quite tasty. I asked her what it was and she was kind enough to share one with me. I’m always looking for new ways to eat healthy and I know a number of you are as well. The tasty treat was her “OH BABY!” Carrot Cake Protein Bar. The name comes from the use of baby food carrots instead of shredded carrots. Give this recipe a try, it is delicious! You can see a video of Jamie demonstrating how to make these bars on her web site.
Taken from Jamie’s web site with permission:
“Oh Baby!” Carrot Cake Protein Bar
Non-fat no-stick spray
1 cup oat flour (ground oatmeal found in the health section of your grocery store)
2 tsp cinnamon
½ tsp baking soda
¼ tsp salt
1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
1/8 tsp allspice (optional – more like spice cake)
3 egg whites
¾ cup Splenda
½ cup fat free Ricotta cheese
2 4 oz. jars or packs of baby food carrots (instead of shredded carrots)
2 scoops vanilla whey protein (look for a low sugar, low fat and low carb variety)
1 cup quick cooking oats (optional for added carbs and energy)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray an 8 x 8 pyrex dish with non-stick butter spray.
In a large bowl, combine flour, cinnamon, baking soda, salt and nutmeg. In a medium bowl, mix egg whites, Splenda, ricotta and baby food until well combined. Add the wet ingredients to the flour mixture and mix well. Finally, fold in the quick cooking oats (optional) and stir until just combined.
Pour batter into the pyrex dish and spread evenly. Bake 25 – 30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Let cool and cut into 16 pieces – 4 x 4.
Nutrition: 2 small squares
94 calories (132 cal with oats folded in)
1.25 g fat (2 g fat with oats folded in)
10 g carbs (17 g carbs with oats folded in)
10 g protein (11 g protein with oats folded in)
Check it out and if you do let her know you saw it here.